Sam Pittman addresses SEC officiating, suggests changes to fake injuries and targeting
Sam Pittman is well aware of some of the controversial calls that have gone against Arkansas in the last couple of years. He also understands how fake injuries, or “flops” as he calls them, have infected college football.
Pittman shared his thoughts about those issues, and SEC officiating in general, during a visit on The Paul Finebaum Show on the SEC Network on Wednesday.
“I think it’s difficult,” Pittman said. “All we want is to be equal, you know. Whatever that call is, is the same call on the other side and so it’s difficult and I think we all see things differently. If it’s a pass interference, it’s not, and if it is, it’s on somebody else. It’s difficult. I’ve got a pretty good demeanor, but also I get frustrated as well, like I’m sure every other coach does.”
Finebaum then asked if there is a better way than how officiating is handled now.
“I don’t really know the answer there, communication is a big deal,” Pittman said. “From officials to us, and I think that works both ways. I think there’s got to be some type of rule changes, you know, for the flops, and certainly for the targeting calls, I think we’ll address that. And if we can clean that part of it up, we may have too much on officials, to be honest with you. They’re looking for every single thing and maybe that’s part of what might be a problem.”
Pittman even said there are 20 “flops” per game, but said it’s unfair toward officials for them to tell if a player is hurt or not.
“It’s a coaching issue, to be honest with you,” Pittman said. “It’s a non-penalized flop, and as long as there’s not a penalty. Possibly, if you see something after a game and you suspend the coach or the player, for doing that, then maybe it’ll stop. … I don’t want to get too deep into it because I don’t know that all of them came back healthy and I’m certainly not a medical doctor, but it has to be addressed.”